Thursday, October 31, 2024; 11:00AM–12:00PM EST
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This introductory training course will explore the mechanisms of UV degradation of thermoplastics and what type of UV stabilizers are used to prevent such degradation. Various classes of UV stabilizers will be covered on a molecular basis and how they minimize UV degradation will be covered. Screening and actual tests used to determine UV and weathering stability will be covered as well. This course is intended for those just beginning to develop formulations for outdoor exposure and for those wanting to get an update on recent advances in UV stabilization.
Roger is currently consulting in the graphene, specialty chemicals, polymer blends and non-halogen flame retardant additives fields for several clients.
Roger Avakian retired from PolyOne (now Avient) after 19 years in May 2019. He was PolyOne’s first CTO and retired as their first PolyOne Fellow. His group contributed to the commercial development of many PolyOne’s developments including biomaterials, high temperature polymers and non-halogen flame retardant technologies.
Prior to joining PolyOne, Roger was employed at GE Plastics for 20 years in various technical and technology management positions. He has 86 issued U.S. Patents, including 12 that are on flame retardant compositions. Roger has given numerous presentations globally and has several publications. He became a Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) Fellow in 2020 and has held leadership positions in the SPE including his most recent position as the Chairman of the Business Development and Technology Committee. Roger is a member of the American Chemical Society, SAMPE and is a professional member of PINFA-NA, a non-profit organization dedicated to educating consumers and stakeholders on the benefits of sustainable flame retardants.
Roger Avakian earned his B.S. in Chemistry with Honors from the University of California, San Diego in 1973. He is a Master Black Belt in Six Sigma.
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